On chimpanzees and the good old days

My article in the guardian today asks two important questions. First, have we outgrown some of the casual and informal institutional arrangements that worked for us when we were much smaller? Second, were the “good old days” really that good? Or were they just good for a few people. The article is in the guardian… Continue reading On chimpanzees and the good old days

Nigeria cashew nuts exports: the typo edition.

I came across this story in the press yesterday, “Nigeria to supply Walmart with $6 billion worth of cashew nuts”. Of course I was a little bit shocked so I did some small research and here is what I found. In 2016 the worlds largest processed cashew nuts exporter, Vietnam, exported somewhere around $2.7bn worth… Continue reading Nigeria cashew nuts exports: the typo edition.

Who will finance the budget?

  My column in the guardian today asks questions about what continues to be a worrying trend: the underhand financing  of the federal government by the central bank. My concerns are driven by the chart below which shows the claims to the federal government by the CBN. Notice the spike over the last three years.… Continue reading Who will finance the budget?

The unfortunate statistic on agriculture and development

In my guardian column today I talk about the statistic no one seems to want to talk about. Especially important since we seem to be putting many of our chips on the agriculture table. Link below. The unfortunate statistic on agriculture and development